Parenting Questions Answered - Playing Sports

Evan is 3 and we're starting to think about sports. Hubby grew up playing soccer so we'll give that a shot. My family is more into baseball, so we're going to let him try that too and see how it goes.

So my question for you is:

How old were your children when they started playing sports? How many different ones did they do? If your kids aren't old enough yet-will you put them in sports one day?




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13 comments:

Shannon said...

Tristan isn't in any sports yet! =(

Thanks for the well wishes.
Tristan is better but I still haven't kicked it.

Karen said...

I stumbled upon your blog and I felt compelled to comment! My oldest who is 4, did a Little Gym program starting when she was 18 months for about a year. She just got old enough in our area to start soccer, which she did this spring. It was simply a skills based program to learn the fundamentals. She loved it and will do it again this fall. She wants to do T-ball this Spring so we will let her. She also dances. She is pretty busy. We will probably let her do it until she asks not to. We won't force her into anything and make sure she is truly enjoying herself.

My advice is if you have the means to expose your children to a lot, go for it. You never know what they are truly going to love and be good at!

Christie (The Fiction Enthusiast) said...

My kids started playing t-ball at 3 or 4 years old. My oldest also tried soccer at 4, but didn’t like it. Since then we’ve given basketball and football a try as well. He didn’t have a desire to continue either. I usually try to only have them play one sport at a time. Adding more usually leads to scheduling conflicts. I also have two daughters who take tap and ballet. The older one has no interest in sports (we tried t-ball). My youngest is 3.5 and I’d love to have her try soccer. I think she’d love it, but with her two dance classes + her sister’s classes + scouts we’re booked solid.

Nichol said...

Gavyn is 8 and hasn't wanted to do anything until this year. We are going to put him in soccer, cuz he says he wants to play kickball lol. Zoe is 3 and she starts dance in 2 weeks! We are so excited. I don't want to force my kids at anything, so I just let them decide.

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Jennifer said...

Charlotte was in pre-dance class last year (at 2 yrs old) and will continue in that this year, moving up to pre-ballet class because she adores her teacher and loves wearing her ballet clothes.

But we are also enrolling her (now 3) in a 6 week soccer class for 3-5 year olds at the local YMCA.

Crystal said...

My Father and DH were great baseball players. I really want to get them into Baseball or Football. The only thing that has been holding us back is time and travels. Since DH is ALWAYS working and I don't drive this is an issue.
DH traveled a TON with his team but then again they were really good. IDK I think it's important and would like to figure out a way to make it work

Steph said...

We will definitely be in some kind of sports. My hubby comes from an overweight family and both the girls seem to be following in his genetic footsteps. So they will get to choose one active activity (Soccer, Gymnastics, Karate etc) and we'll go with it. I want them involved in something that will get their butts off the couch.

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jmerenberg said...

My sons are 3 and 4 1/2. Our town has a great extra curricular program. This summer they offered sports camp for 3-5 yr olds, AKA Sports squirts (LOL) from 4:00 to 5:30 for 5 days. Each day they introduced a different sport to the kids. They covered soccer, lacrosse, t-ball, hockey, and basketball. I liked the idea of letting my kids get a taste for different sports before pushing them into something they may not like. My older son loved soccer and we are considering signing him up for a team. The little guy seemed a little overwhelmed so I think we will hold out to see what he decides that he likes. My brother was forced to play a sport that he did not like and always resented having to play it so i wanted to let my kids choose on their own.

alissa4illustration said...

Our oldest began tee-ball this summer, and he was almost 5. I helped with the team. I have to say the ones that just turned 4 were struggling.

Kelli @ RTSM said...

My boys were a little bit older than three when they started playing soccer. We did tball once they turned 4. From experience, I can say that soccer is a much better choice for my boys. Lots of moving and running, where tball had a lot of sitting and waiting around.

sharonjo said...

We started both our boys in T-ball when they were 5. The oldest also did AAU wrestling and started that at age 6. I wish we had been able to do more, but we live in a very rural area without a lot of choices for young kids.

The Ballantyne's said...

We do swimming lessons EVERY summer with all kids. I think that's important. They start that when they are 3 years old. Other sports don't typically take any kids until they are 5 (or in kindergarten). With my now 7 year old we had to try a couple of sports before we figured out what he loves! He has a natural ability athletically but has a hard time with "team" dynamics. We first tried soccer. He liked it, but wasn't super excited about it. The next year we tried basketball. He liked that better, but still didn't care if he missed it or not. This year his swimming skills were good enough to try out for the local swim team. He absolutely loves it and while he's still on a team, they still have enough individual stuff to make it perfect for him. It was a process.

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